[APPROVED] VERGO INDEX || Image - Research and Practice

Vergo Index || Image Research and Practice

Proposed by: @NatLoyola

@incubadorapt-dao and @creativesdao-council

Vergo Index is a project that brings together theory, research and practice within the broad field of image in a contemporary context. We stand on the principle that the act of thinking apropos of image goes beyond the field of art and is part of an empirical current social understanding. Vergo Index intends to cure proposals in the realm of amplified image, applied by practices allied to research. It is a live project under continuous construction, prone to pedagogical multi-voicing.

As a pilot edition, the Vergo Index project invites the CAC to teach and mediate a series of 4 workshops on amplified image . The first workshop will deal with the active archive of Aby Warburg that challenges us to develop visual thinking. Aby Warburg bequeathed us the Atlas Mnemosyne and the heuristic technology of his laboratory-library, both proposals for an active relationship with images, where what is at stake are not affirmative answers, but the expansion of possibilities and methods on thinking by way of the image. This is the first intersection with CAC , a research center in Brazilian aesthetics that currently operates under the MTH, a methodology that also proposes a much more involved and alive relationship between theory, practice and the everyday life.

Why should we think about images? Image seems to be a self-evident concept, however it is not an easy task to conceptualize image, and more so to reduce it to a single answer. The Vergo Index project believes that thinking and exercising image is important for us to reconstruct a past. The reconstruction of the past happens daily to enable building the future - issues related to images are at the epicenter of a war of narratives, hence the importance of projects like Vergo Index

The evolution of image through time

A series of seminars by Conglomerado Atelier do Centro (Brazil)

Each seminar consists of 2 days, 2 hours per day

Every seminar is online

The language spoken in these seminars is Portuguese

$400 per seminar

Seminar’s Schedule

January: lecture by Anna Israel

February: lecture by Rubens EspĂ­rito Santo

March: lecture by Ana Mohallem

April: lecture by Rodrigo Cassia

First seminar to happen ideally on the second half of January

About the Seminars

What is an image? Both for art and as as a production by the eye, physiology and neurology - so, the aesthetic image and the scientific image: how do our eyes work, how vision works? We explore image through the visual arts strictu sensu (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc), in applied aesthetics (architecture for example) and in philosophy (as in the concept “the care of the self”

Why join these seminars?

  1. To improve your faculty of “seeing” / to develop a “care of the self”
  2. To trace connections between aethetics and the practical life. These seminars will be an introduction to a way of studying that aims to create deep ties between theory and real life, and isn’t isolated inside the academy.
  3. Access to a multidisciplinary bibliography around the subject of image

How it will happen

Through two-days seminars each month, for four months, given by members of the Conglomerado Atelier do Centro, including its founder, the artist Rubens Espírito Santo. Each seminar will approach the main theme through a different perspective and from a specific bibliography - by these the purpose isn’t to arrive at a final answer, but to weave a web around the matter in question.

Seminar I: Anna Israel / January 2022

" The tenacity of the survivals, their very “power,” as Tylor says, comes to light in the tenuousness of miniscule, superfluous, derisory, or abnormal things. It is in the recurrent symptom, in games, in the pathology of language, and in the unconsciousness of forms that survival as such is to be found." - Georges Didi-Huberman, The Surviving Image

How to think Aby Warburg in the 21st century? What would Aby Warburg betaking into account in his thought construction in this moment of time that we live in? How to think Aby Warburg through Aby Warburg and not as mere spectator, not as an outsider to the problem, that is, how to use Aby Warbuarg to think? In this inaugural lecture we will investigate what supports and what are the practical implications of this that we call “art history”

Seminar II: RES / February 2022

We will go deeper in the question of what is really an image. What is the “care of self” and how this relates to the image (eye) / vision / beaury. This seminar will investigate the union between aesthetics, science and real life - how aesthetics can have a real impact in our day by day life.

Seminar III: Ana Mohallem / March 2022

This seminar will focus in the chemical a physiological aspects of the eye, we will go through the mechanics of vision. How do we create what we see? What are the limitations of the eye as our interface with the world outside ourselves and how can we cope with these insufficiencies? A scientific approach to vision and how this relates to the image.

Seminar IV: Rodrigo Cassia / April 2022

Art practice, studio art, the daily life of an artist in his studio. How can a young artist articulate his subjective and objective desires? What is the relationship between a pressure cooker and art? Why is it important that aesthetics extrapolate the artistic media and joins the daily life?

Preliminary Bibliography

  1. The Surviving Image; Georges Didi-Huberman
  2. The Birth of Tragedy; Friedrich Nietsche
  3. Visual intelligence - How we Create What We See; Daniel Hoffmann
  4. Documentary: Spaceship Earth, 2020, Dir. Matt Wolf
  5. You Must Change Your Life: On Anthropotechnics; Peter Sloterdijk
  6. After the End of Art; Arthur Danto
  7. Conversas com Francis Bacon; Frank Maubert
  8. Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation; Gilles Deleuze
  9. A Natureza ĂŤntima da Arte; Anna Israel
  10. Pedagogia + Plástica + Filosofia = MTH RES; Rubens Espírito Santo
  11. Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp; Pierre Cabanne
  12. Art and Agency; Alfred Gell
  13. Power of Art; Simon Schama
  14. Art History; Ernst Gombrich
  15. Meditations on a Hobby Horse; Ernst Gombrich
  16. The Felt Hat; Joseph Beuys
  17. The Art of Memory; Frances Yates
  18. El Imperativo Estético; Peter Sloterdijk
  19. Lectures on Aesthetics; Hegel
  20. Magic Mountain; Thomas Mann

A brief presentation of Conglomerado Atelier do Centro by Anna Israel

The Conglomerado Atelier do Centro (CAC) was founded by the artist, pedagogue and thinker Rubens Espírito Santo in 2000. In those years, Rubens built the Méthodo, which is basically what sustains the Atelier do Centro’s organism. It could be said that it is the “constitution” of the Atelier do Centro, or the way of how social, economic and political laws of the Atelier do Centro are implemented. The economy of the CAC depends entirely on this platform and it also concerns the organizational exchange system of the Atelier. All of the students pay a certain amount to attend the Atelier do Centro, and this amount depends on how much he wants to get involved in the Atelier, and also on how much he can afford. It is important to underline that all of the money that goes into the Atelier do Centro is invested in the Atelier itself, in the physical and subjective structure of the Atelier, in its kitchen, in the purchase of materials, and in its library. Another fundamental element of the Atelier are the technical trainings, in which the student learns in an empirical way about the construction of a project which involves organization, the purchase of materials, and the use of tools. The conversations are about aesthetics, and mainly, about ethics. In this way, the student can discover areas of practical interest of which he did not necessarily have previous knowledge, and then appropriate it to his own production. Classes are also administered by the students themselves, thus making the student articulate other displays of agency as a student, so that he is not only a passive agent, but also an agent of this organization. In this platform, it is taken very seriously that the student dedicates himself, and that the student exits a comfort zone and elucidations about himself, and faces the real world; in this way, there is not necessarily a restriction in the object of interest of the student, but in the method it is required that he dedicates himself to the material construction of this object of interest in a broader way. Therefore, aspects which are highly encouraged are organization, journaling, reading, and

discipline.The MĂ©thodois the willingness to structure a (collapsed) bridge between the practical world and the world of thought. That is, it is a constituent part that the student not only develops an intellectual capacity, but also knows how to act in the real world.

Mini-bio RES

Rubens EspĂ­rito Santo (RES), is a 55-year-old Brazilian artist, thinker and pedagogue based in SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil. With 30 years of artistic work, he is the founder of the Conglomerate Atelier do Centro, created in 2000, and is dedicated to the management and logistics of this space.

RES studied Semiotics with Prof. SĂ´nia Leal Guedes do Nascimento, Aesthetics and philosophy with the German astrophysicist and art philosopher Dr. Christophe Kotanyi, was a student of the Philosophy Course at the Santa Terezinha Superior Institute of Philosophy and of the Course of art theory with Prof. and Belgian historian Thierry de Duve.

In 2020, RES won the “Festival Arte como Respiro” award from Itaú Cultural and “Respirarte” from Funarte; throughout his career, he participated in the CCSP Exhibition Program, Bienal Paralela, São Paulo State Pinacoteca, Tomie Ohtake, Maria Antônia University Center at USP, among others.

“RES is not a visual artist, but a necromancer who, in his so-called Friday Sessions, drinks the spoiled milk that humanity has refused, giving it back, in addition to air and life, its refused place in the sacred and lost temple of our time – using, for this, whatever is in front of him.

His classes have no time to start or end – whether they are given by him or all the time or none at all, as they are invisible to many people – except for those desperately looking for redemption.” CCS, 2019

Mini-bio Nat Loyola

Natália Loyola (Campinas, 1981) has a degree in Social Communication – Journalism (PUC Campinas) and is finishing her Masters in Anthropology – Visual Cultures at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is also the recipient of a grant for the Erasmus+ internship at the independent publishing company No Libros (Spain, 2019). Her research is based on a construction of visual territorial markers of her own migratory process, all seen from her interactions with the city itself and its inhabitants. Natália’s images stem from her personal archive of memories but also her ability to map out imaginary fields through the appropriation of physical spaces. As Natália explores the issues related to displacement and the inadequacy of immigration seen from the perspective of everyday life, the simple act of walking symbolizes the artist’s attempt to enunciate herself within the territories she documents. Walking becomes a critical exercise, where the body itself operates as a printing machine of its own meanings. She currently lives in Lisbon and works worldwide.





Yoooo this seems hella :fire::fire::fire:

Can’t wait for the first seminar!

Lê dá sócia :mechanical_arm::mechanical_arm::mechanical_arm:


Me too! Crazy to make it happen! Salve, Margem Sul!


Amazing project! Congratulations


Tks, luv! Who knows, maybe someday we can unite our projects for a specific action?!


hey! Thank you so much for posting this! This proposal sounds super good.
We are going to have our monthly Council meeting soon. As soon as we have a concrete feedback to give, we will let you know!


Yo, Ju! Deal! Let’s que let’s! Looking forward! :raised_hands:t3:


Hello Nat!

Thank you for your proposal and for the detailed information here. We really liked your project and the themes proposed for the seminars. We believe that your proposal is in line with the incubator’s activities, but we have some small doubts about the project that we would like to clarify:

1- Are the proposed dates for the seminars fixed or can they be changed?

2- The $400 will be used with what exactly? Paying speakers, organizing the event? Please, can you make a brief description of how the money will be used just to clarify the amounts?

3- Will people who attend the seminar have to pay a fee to participate or it will be an open and free event?

Based on the activities already approved and scheduled by our DAO, we have a reduced budget to finance new projects until the month of April/2022. In this scenario, we could then finance only part of the proposed amount for this project. But, as from May/2022 we will have more budget available to finance new projects, if the dates of the seminars can be changed to May, June, July and August, we will then be able to finance the project in total.

In general we love your proposal and hope we can organize to make it happen.

Thank you!


Thank you very much for your answer, @Samiasns. I’m feeling excited. Now I answer your questions.

1- Dates. I have already talked to the CAC and I am waiting for everyone’s confirmation, but I believe there is no problem for us to change the dates and start the project in May.

2- Sorry for not specifying the use of the money. The distribution of the money would be: $300/month to pay the CAC and $100/month to pay me as curator/organizer. This is a pilot project that will be a constant joint construction between CAC and Vergo Index where we will discuss form and content monthly to understand the particularities of the project.

3- We think that, at least in this first moment, we can offer these seminars for free to anyone interested, and thus, we can create a community that wants to think, discuss and produce images in a contemporary context linked to technology.

Thanks again for the positive answer and as soon as I receive confirmation from everyone involved, I will certainly answer the question of dates. Happy new year and may amazing projects coming!



Looks great, would love to confirm this for May+


@Samiasns, @frnvpr and everybody…

It is with great pleasure that I announce a huge yes to start the project in May. We can confirm! Let’s do it!



Olá, @NatLoyola !

Estamos entusiasmados para dar início a este ciclo e gostaríamos de começar a preparar a divulgação e inscrição dos seminários. Assim, pedimos por favor que nos indique a data do seminário de maio preferencialmente até esta sexta dia 13. Agradecemos também que nos envie mais detalhes como hora, o título da sessão e imagens que possam ser utilizadas.

Um beijo! :dizzy:


Gente, mil perdões.

Espero que todos estejam bem!
Eu estou no Brasil, como falei no post do Ways of Seeing eu vou ter que passar por uma cirurgia imprevista.

Esse fim de semana encontrei as pessoas envolvidas nesse projeto e estamos todos muito empolgados, discutindo metodologias e possibilidades. Porém, peço pra que adiemos o início desse curso. Eu estarei correndo com as questões de saúde e não quero comprometer de forma alguma o comprometimento do curso.

Proponho que a gente inicie o curso no fim de julho. O que acham?

Desculpem novamente o imprevisto.
Abraço para todxxx.




Espero que corra tudo bem com a cirurgia :pray:

Continuamos entusiasmados para ver este projecto acontecer, mas parece-nos mais razoável colocar em suspensa a confirmação do apoio até que as datas estejam então fixadas.

Tínhamos o apoio separado para o mês de Maio, mas não se realizando canalizámos para outro seminário de forma a manter os nossos compromissos com a Creatives DAO.

Como este é um projecto que abrange vários meses e o apoio é garantido por nós mês a mês, teremos de avaliar nos meses respectivos se existe orçamento disponível, atrasar 2 meses poderá ter consequências imprevistas.

Sugerimos que em Junho se avalie então a possibilidade de começar em Julho e se mantemos o cronograma proposto em Dezembro. Esperamos que seja possível, mas caso não seja vemos juntos formas de adaptar.

Parece-te bem?

um abraço

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Meu querido! Espero que todos estejam bem por aĂ­.

Entendo perfeitamente a questão da organização orçamentária.
O mais importante para mim é fazer acontecer. Eu ainda não tenho a data certa da cirurgia, mas acredito que final de julho para mim seria uma boa como início dos seminários. Assim que eu tiver datas precisas, aviso por aqui também.

Vamos sim dar vida ao primeiro passo do Vergo Index. <3

Beijos a todes!



Gente, estou operada e recuperada! Muito obrigada :raised_hands::heart:
O que vocês estão pensando em relação as novas datas?
Por mim, podemos começar já na última semana de julho ou na primeira de agosto. Como é melhor para vocês?

grande abraço pra todo mundo! :slight_smile:



Oi, galere.
Espero que esteja tudo bem com todo mundo.
E então? Vamos ver alguma data para começarmos?



Hey, guys… How are u? Any idea?
Let’s do it! :))

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Infelizmente não temos fundos para avançar com este projecto.
Na altura reservámos os fundos do primeiro mês, mas uma vez que foi cancelado tivemos de canalizar esse dinheiro para outras actividades, como é regra fazer, tendo em conta que as nossas actividades são financiadas mês a mês e é sempre necessário apresentar relatórios.

Continuamos a pensar que este projecto é muito interessante mas, tendo em conta os atrasos e incertezas relativos ao processo de financiamento neste momento não conseguimos comprometer os futuros fundos da Incubadora. Na altura em que este projecto foi apresentado e por nós aprovado havia mais garantias de que os apoios mensais chegariam. Tendo em conta que essa já não é a situação, não estamos a aceitar projectos com a duração de vários meses.

Na minha opinião, sem ter falado com o restante council (não tendo falado sobre esta opinião em particular), aquilo que mais parecido existe nas nossas actividades mensais é o programa de seminários.

Nós temos um formulário para sugestões/para que pesquisadores se possam indicar para esse projecto. Seminário - Apresentação de Propostas

Acho que a forma mais adequada de proceder seria dar como cancelado o projecto tal como foi apresentado há vários meses atrás, e tentar que 1 ou mais dos investigadores envolvidos colaborem connosco para desenvolver seminários (pagos, evidentemente).

Diz-me o que achas.